How the World's News Media Reacted to 9/11
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Edited by Tomasz Pludowski; Foreword by Yahya Kamalipour; Afterword by Cees Hamelink
Not surprisingly, most of the world’s news media criticized the terrorists and offered sympathy and support to the United States in the days right after the September 11, 2001, attacks. But this phase didn’t last long.
Within a week or two, many of the world’s news media — even some in Western countries — were putting some of the blame for the attacks on the United States, citing its history of heavy-handed politics around the world. Many hoped the attacks would "wake up" the United States to this fact.
But the subsequent U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq dashed these hopes. Today, much of the sympathy and support generated from the tragedy has dissipated — having been replaced, instead, by a belief that political leadership in the United States is more arrogant, intransigent and self-absorbed than ever.
This is the major theme of How the World’s News Media Reacted to 9/11, which contains 22 chapters —written by scholars and experts from around the world — that examine news media coverage of 9/11 from more than two dozen countries. The "arrogance" theme isn’t one that many U.S. politicians, journalists and citizens want to hear. But it’s the message that the world’s news media have been sending, and the question now is: Will U.S. media and politicians listen?
Other key highlights in this book:
- American TV news channel news executives deliberately excluded controversial U.S. guests and opinions from their news coverage of 9/11 (Chapter 20).
- Media in Australia, Canada and other countries demonized Muslims and Arabs after 9/11 (Chapters 18 and 21).
- Ordinary Arabs and Muslims in the Middle East have distorted views of the United States, partly because their media do not provide all of the facts (Chapter 15), but Americans, too, misunderstand Muslims and Arabs, because U.S. media have failed to help Americans understand why much of the world hates their political leadership (numerous chapters).
Table of Contents
About the Authors / Foreword by Yahya Kamalipour / Introduction and Acknowledgments by Tomasz Pludowski / Part I — European Media / 1. UK Media Coverage of 9/11, Brian Mcnair / 2. Elite British and Irish Newspapers Reflect Ideology In Framing the 9/11 Catastrophy, Maria B. Marron / 3. Breaking News: The First Hours of the BBC Coverage of 9/11 as a Media Event, Gwen Bouvier / 4. We Cannot All be Americans. French Media Reaction to 9/11, Jacques Portes / 5. Reactions to 9/11 in the German Media, Anne Koenen & Brigitte Georgi-Findlay / 6. September 11 in the Spanish Press: War or Terrorism? Maria Teresa Laporte Alfaro & Teresa Sadaba / 7. September 11 in Norwegian Media: Media Images of the Local Threat, Rune Ottosen & Tine Ustad Figenshou / 8. September 11 in Poland — America’s Most Enthusiastic Ally in Europe, Tomasz Pludowski / 9. Global News, Local Views: Slovene Media Reporting of 9/11, Ksenija H.vidmar & Denis Mancevi / 10. September 11 in Russian Media, Dmitry Ruschin / Part II — Asian Media / 11. The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks On America: Media Frames from the Far East, M. Zenaida Sarabia-panol / 12. Chinese Print Media Coverage of 9/11 Since 2001, Mobo C F Gao, With Ming Liang / 13. Off the Axis: Media in Japan and China, Yoichi Shimatsu / 14. The Indian Media Perspective on the 9/11 Attacks, Janet Fine / Part III — Arab/Middle Eastern Media / 15. Impact of 9/11 on the Middle East: Personal Reflections, Ralph D. Berenger / 16. A Semiotic Analysis of the 9/11 Attacks in the Palestinian Press, Qustandi Shomali / 17. September 11 in the Turkish Media, Birol Akgün & Orhan Gökçe / Part IV — Australian and Africa Media / 18. Muslims and Arabs in the Australian Media Since 9/11, Scott Poynting & Greg Noble / 19. Between Scylla And Charybdis: 9/11 in South African Media, Nicolene Botha & Arnold S. De Beer / Part V — North & South American Media / 20. How U.S. 9/11 Journalists Talk About Objectivity in Crisis Coverage, Kirsten Mogensen / 21. September 11 in Canada: Representation of Muslims in the Gazette Newspaper, Ross Perigoe / 22. September 11 in Latin American Media, Sallie Hughes & Jesus Arroyave / Afterword by Cees J. Hamelink / Index
Tomasz Pludowski, Ph.D., is a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. He also is editor-in-chief of Global Media Journal (Polish edition). His publications include Terrorism, Media, Society (see picture of cover above), which was published by Collegium Civitas Press of Warsaw in 2006.
386 pp. / 5 x 8 format / Illustrated (Tables and Illustrations) / 2007 Copyright / Includes CIP Data / ISBN: 0-922993-66-1 (paper) $49.95